Friday, September 14, 2012

Commenting on the Commentators

James Taranto of the WSJ online has a collection of clips from various newspapers, usually the NYT, which espouse conflicting viewpoints, frequently on the same day. Here's today's example:
Two Papers in One!
  • "To be sure, many citizens of conscience find parts of the Brooklyn exhibition repugnant, and it is understandable that many Roman Catholics would find Chris Ofili's image of the Virgin Mary [covered with elephant poop] offensive. . . . Yet a Daily News poll shows that the majority of New Yorkers support the museum over Mayor Giuliani by a ratio of two to one. Those numbers show a broad-based support for New York's role as the nation's cultural capital. The people understand intuitively what Mr. Giuliani ignores for political gain. A museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time."--editorial, New York Times, Oct. 2, 1999
  • "However offensive the video is, it could never justify the violence in Benghazi and Cairo. But Mr. Jones, Mr. Sadek and whoever made the film did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths."--editorial, New York Times, Sept. 12, 2012 
This only reenforces my position which is that the Catholics, and everyone else for that matter, will get no respect whatsoever from the media until they learn to build a decent car bomb.

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